High Park: April 19, 2018

3 degrees and cloudy at the start

skyline with Canada Geese

Bird Highlight: Common Loon

Common Loon

Botany Highlight: Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir cone (Pseudotsuga menziesii)

Species list: common loon, horned grebe, black-crowned night heron, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, American black duck, gadwall, northern shoveler, wood duck, lesser scaup,  bufflehead, red-breasted merganser, red-tailed hawk, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, belted kingfisher, downy woodpecker, eastern phoebe, blue jay, American crow, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, American robin, house sparrow, red-winged blackbird, common grackle, brown-headed cowbird, northern cardinal, house finch, American goldfinch, song sparrow.  (32 species)

Double-crested Cormorant

Common Grackle

Wood Ducks

Wood Duck (female)

Wood Ducks

Northern Cardinal (female) with Mourning Dove

American Goldfinch (male)

Peacock (from zoo)

Mute Swan

Red-winged Blackbird (female)

American Robin

House Sparrows

Red-tailed Hawk

Black-crowned Night Heron

Northern Shovelers

Red-breasted Mergansers


Horned Grebe

Lesser Scaup (male)

Group with Llamas

Miles Hearn

                                               NATURE POETRY

Sunshine trying hard awhile
On the bare brown fields to smile;
Frozen ruts and slippery walks;
Gray old crops of last year’s stalks.

– Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813–90)


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